In this Japanese-style soup, udon noodles in a hot broth are topped with crisp raw vegetables, making for an offbeat and pleasing presentation. It can be made minutes before you wish to serve it. The traditional way to eat this is to “slurp” the noodles with the help of chopsticks, then finish off the remaining soup with a spoon. more→
Ramen noodles are now readily available, even without the ready-made soup mix, in the Asian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets. They are an appealing addition to simple soups. more→
We’ve rarely gone out for Indian food without including this classic cauliflower and potato curry among our selections. It’s a vegetarian/vegan standard. This simplified rendition comes together quickly, and the tofu mimics paneer, the bland, soft cheese found in some Indian dairy dishes. Photo courtesy of In My Box: An Exploration of My CSA Box. more→
Characteristic of certain Indonesian vegetable dishes are colorful vegetables (in this case, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and bell pepper), this stew is enveloped in a rich, spicy peanut sauce and embellished with rice noodles. This has so much going for it that you need only a simple salad to complete the meal. more→
Traditionally, what makes Creole “dirty rice” dirty is the addition of fowl gizzards. Um, no thanks. Chopped eggplant, a Louisiana crop, takes its place in this super-satisfying veggie version. Not spicy in itself, but you can make it that way. That’s what Tabasco is for. Photo by K. Buntu. more→
The term koorma refers to a Northern Indian style of cookery that utilizes yogurt. For vegans and for those who wish to adapt this to dairy-free, use coconut yogurt. more→
With Thai ingredients available at most natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets, it has become easy to enjoy the delightful flavors of this cuisine at home. Use your discretion with the red or green curry paste; a little will give a hint of heat, but if you want a spicier stew, you can step it up from there. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for all Seasons by Nava Atlas.
Spinach with pine nuts and raisins is a traditional Mediterranean side dish that’s both elegant and easy. Its mild and slightly sweet flavor provides a nice counterpoint to boldly flavored Italian pasta dishes. But really, it goes well with most any kind of meal, including those featuring grain dishes and curries as well. more→